Bloomsburg University Academic Programs

Special Education (M.Ed.) - Initial Certification Program

Special Education (PK-8) and Early Childhood Education (PK-4)

Administered by the Department of Exceptionality Programs

Effective Fall 2012

Admission. Applicants seeking admission to the master's degree program must satisfy the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies. The following criteria are also required:

Retention. Students must complete the criteria listed in the Teacher Education - Special Education Initial Program packet prior to the completion of 21 graduate credits. Required GPA, child abuse, FBI and criminal clearances, TB results and liability insurance coverage is described within the packet. Some requirements must be completed before course work can be initiated (e.g., clearances).

Certification and Graduation Requirements. Students may complete certification course work to access teacher certification prior to completion of the M.Ed. Some pre-requisite courses or their equivalents are required. The complete requirements are listed below.

Pre-Certification Requirements

Completion of the following undergraduate courses OR their equivalents is required.

SPECED.101 Intro to Individuals with Exceptionalities

SPECED.202 Technology for Individuals with Disabilities (certification only)/Education Technology Equivalent (M.Ed.)

PROFSTUD.494/594 English Language Learners Strategies/Methods OR

AUDSLP.432/532 Communication/Education English Language Learners

Core Course Requirements for M.Ed. (15 credits)

SPECED.502 Principles of Special Education Law

SPECED.547 Technology Applications for Individuals with Disabilities

SPECED.565 Special Education Research Methods I

SPECED.567 Special Education Research Methods II

SPECED.575 Seminar in Current Issues in Special Education

Certification Course Requirements

(36 credits plus student teaching; equivalent courses may be considered)

ELEMED.526 Methods/Materials in Science and Math

ELEMED.532 Fine Arts/Play in the Early Childhood Education Classroom

ELEMED.537 Methods/Materials in Language Arts/Social Studies

READING.540 Introduction to the Teaching of Reading

SPECED.506 Introduction to Early Intervention

SPECED.517 Foundations of Behavior Intervention and Support

SPECED.530 Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

SPECED.533 Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities

SPECED.544 Academic Assessment for Instruction

SPECED.550 Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Mild Disabilities PK-8

SPECED.557 Linking Assessment and Instruction

SPECED.558 Methods of Instruction

SPECED.588/589/SPECED.561 Student Teaching/Seminar